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Space

Laurette Siler '14

The following is an excerpt from an interview that I conducted with a 22-year-old MC, b-boy, and graffiti artist. He is a member of a hip-hop arts collective in the Bronx that I worked with in preparation for my undergraduate thesis on Bronx hip-hop through the generations. He is commonly referred to as “the most hip-hop cat” because of his ceaseless attempt to revive old school hip-hop in his lyrics, graffiti murals, and b-boy performances. I am the Q, he is the A.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?

A: Umm in 5 or 10 years…ideally I would see myself in the mirror…nah…laughs. Umm I see myself doing what I’m doing still, travelling more…

Q: Where would you like to go?

A: Space. I want to go to different dimensions. I want to go through black holes and wormholes. I want to go down to microscopic levels and travel like Miss Frizzle in the Magic School Bus and I want to astral project. That’s my goal. That’s where I want to go. Whether or not that’s possible is totally up to your mind….I have many aspirations: I want to paint a plane. I want to paint a rocket ship that goes up with NASA, you know? I don’t know if when it goes up…’cus when the ships go up with NASA, the fire, it might burn all the paint, I don’t know, but that’s something I wanna do. As crazy as it may be, I want to paint a submarine. A boat. Umm…empire state building, you name it…the white house. The white house should be covered with graffiti. You’re in America, it was born here: the only American art, actually American art, you know. Hip-hop is the only actual youth movement born here. Out of many things born in new york city, b-boying is one of the few dances actually born here and rocking which comes a little before b-boying. A lot of the other dances came from other places. Salsa came from bugalú and came from down south and all the Caribbean islands and it goes back to Africa. Everything goes back to Africa. But, you know, umm I guess I’m going somewhere else with this conversation…but the energy never dies, basically. If you study anything about science, energy never dies. When a star dies, the energy from it still translates into something else. So the way you should look at hip-hop is as energy. There’s a reason why I’ve drawn all the native stuff is because I realize my energy is from them. My energy is from the Navajo, the Iroquois…it’s from the Mayans, the Aztec…and because I realize that, I think that’s why I’m at peace. People look at my work and they could see it. If they don’t, I just remind them, educate them. I try to make everyone around me another philosopher.

Published by: in Issue 2: Spring 2014, Volume 70

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